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Western Flag (NFT): JOHN GERRARD

1-4 February, 2024

India Art Fair Grounds

A flagpole emits an endless stream of black smoke in this powerful video work by artist John Gerrard, proposing a new flag for a world endangered by the threats of global climate change. The work shows a digitally recreated landscape, mimicking Spindletop, Texas — the site of a major oil find in 1901, that has since been exhausted — and operates through a real-time and computer generated simulation. Western Flag (NFT) illuminates the history of oil consumption in the United States that boomed after Spindletop’s discovery, and serves as a beautiful and ominous warning for our fragile future.